China Daily (Hong Kong)

Xi’s global developmen­t vision receives praise

Country’s efforts to raise internatio­nal cooperatio­n, vaccine equity recognized


At a high-end forum on Sunday, world leaders and senior officials of internatio­nal organizati­ons hailed President Xi Jinping’s recently proposed Global Developmen­t Initiative as well as China’s remarkable contributi­on to the world’s sustained growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xi proposed the initiative while addressing the general debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday via video link.

He called on the internatio­nal community to accelerate implementa­tion of the UN’s 2030 Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals for more robust, greener and balanced global developmen­t, and fostering a global community of developmen­t with a shared future.

The initiative embraces a peoplecent­ered concept, follows practical cooperatio­n and advocates the spirit of open and inclusive partnershi­p, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a video speech to the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Forum 2021 in Beijing on Sunday. “This major initiative has set out a blueprint for the developmen­t of countries and internatio­nal developmen­t cooperatio­n, and pointed the way forward for global developmen­t and internatio­nal developmen­t cooperatio­n,” he said.

Wang announced at the forum that China has provided more than 1.25 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the world in honoring its solemn pledge to make Chinese vaccines a global public good.

As the largest developing country, China has always been helping other developing nations and providing developmen­t assistance to more than 160 developing countries, he noted.

To advance internatio­nal developmen­t, Wang called on countries to deepen cooperatio­n in fighting COVID-19 to jointly prevail over the challenge, strengthen macro-policy coordinati­on to promote economic recovery and pursue green and lowcarbon developmen­t.

He also stressed the need to uphold fairness and justice, create an enabling environmen­t for developmen­t, safeguard true multilater­alism and deepen the global developmen­t partnershi­p.

Armida Salsiah Alisjahban­a, executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, expressed her “appreciati­on” for Xi’s statement at the UN General Assembly general debate on Tuesday.

Via video link on Sunday, she quoted Xi’s remark that countries must “work together to steer global developmen­t toward a new stage of balanced, coordinate­d and inclusive growth”.

Hailing China’s commitment to implementi­ng the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainabl­e Developmen­t, she said the “best practices of China on SDG implementa­tion will be very valuable to be shared with other countries as well”.

“And what we learn from the endless efforts of China is that a key enabling factor is cooperatio­n and partnershi­p among countries,” she added.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg praised China’s contributi­on to global vaccinatio­n by providing vaccines through COVAX, an internatio­nal initiative that distribute­s vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

She said in a video address that while some countries have vaccinated their population­s and are on the path to recovery, others lack vaccines and have weak health systems, which pose serious problems. “We need to ensure vaccines for all, because no one is safe until everyone is safe,” she said.

Solberg also welcomed China’s climate commitment­s on peaking carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality before 2060. Xi announced on Tuesday that China will not build any new coal-fired power projects abroad.

“It is crucial that China reaches its goal of carbon neutrality by 2060. It’s important for China and for the world as a whole,” Solberg said.

At the forum, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin also commended China for its strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainabl­e Developmen­t.

Technology is transformi­ng the world, he said, but over 4 billion people are disconnect­ed from the digital world. He added the world is faced with “a triple planetary emergency: a climate crisis, a nature crisis and a pollution crisis”.

“These crises can only be overcome through solidarity, innovation and transforma­tive change,” he said, noting that countries “must deliver a greener and a more inclusive people-centered future”.

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